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Aaron Seals

Affordable High Quality Video Conferencing

Affordable High Quality Video Conferencing

Polycom RealPresence Trio - package MSRP is $2300


Through experience we know that users want top quality audio first with simple operation. The Polycom RealPresence Trio combines the clarity of the Polycom conference room phone with a simpler operating screen where users can join with one click and no laptop required. 

The package includes a speakerphone, camera, and a Visual+ box for connecting to an external monitor over HDMI. With the implementation of a 5-inch color touch screen and intuitive navigation the Trio creates a simple system which means quick starts for every meeting and minimal training requirements.

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Polycom RealPresence Trio isn’t just simple for users, but it is also quick to deploy and easy to manage for administrators. With strong features such as Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and zero-touch deployment it easily connects as a phone and can integrate directly with your call control platform. With ease of use and deployment in mind the Trio brings native integration with Skype for Business, Microsoft Lync 2013, and support for all the major SIP platforms to ensure that deployment is simple and future-proof. With the future built in mind the underlying software platform allows for future application expansion making the Trio an investment that continues to become better over time.

Stand-out Features:

  • Clear and rich audio experience powered by new, patented technologies such as Enhanced HD voice and NoiseBlock
  • Visual collaboration capabilities with HD content sharing and the option for real-time video interaction
  • Wired or Wireless pairing with portable devices (BYOD)
  • “One touch join” meeting ability resulting in a speedy connection
  • Affordably priced for mass adoption across every meeting space
  • Ability to extend audio coverage with expansion mics

Interlink can help guide you through how the Polycom RealPresence Trio can fit into your workplace environment. 

Contact us for more information.

Mark Rackley

Impactful Changes to Office 365 – SharePoint Sandbox Solutions [Time Sensitive]

Impactful Changes to Office 365 – SharePoint Sandbox Solutions [Time Sensitive]

Microsoft has recently made a significant change to the way they are handling SharePoint Sandbox Solutions in Office 365. This may have a major impact or your organization as these changes roll out across tenants.

If you have uploaded any Sandbox Solutions to your Office 365 tenant in the past week or so, you may have found that you are no longer able to activate these templates. That is because Microsoft is in the process of disabling the activation of any Sandbox Solutions that contain code. In addition, according to an article in Reddit - Microsoft has disabled activation of Sandboxed code solutions AND will disable all active solutions in 30 days on SharePoint Online.

Now, I’m skeptical of the statement that all Sandbox Solutions with code will be disabled in 30 days, as this will unlikely cause catastrophic consequences for some folks, but I don’t have any further information at this time.

What do disabled SharePoint Sandbox Solutions mean to me?

There are a few implications here. If you have any code-based Sandbox Solutions running in your environment in Office 365 you may start to see broken web-parts, pages, event receivers, or broken other functionality/errors in the next month or so. The implications could be as small as a missing web part on a page to a broken site collection. It really depends on what code has been deployed to your tenant.

In addition, if you’ve previously created any Site Templates that were created from sites that had activated code-based Sandbox Solutions, you will NOT be able to create sites from these templates after the solution has been disabled.

How can I tell if I have any SharePoint Sandbox Solutions?

You can go to your Solutions Gallery to see if you have any Sandbox Solutions deployed. You can get to the Solutions Gallery by going to the Site Settings of your Site Collection, then clicking on the “Solutions” link under the “Web Designer Galleries” section.

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Please note, this is also where things like Site Templates are stored, so don’t freak out of you see some solutions deployed and don’t know what they are. Hopefully they were named well as there are little details displayed from the Solutions Gallery itself.

Why weren’t we warned sooner?

Microsoft actually DID warn everyone back in January 2014 - one instance of this is on the SharePoint dev blog in an article titled Deprecation of Custom Code in Sandboxed Solutions. Plus we’ve been telling clients since then to stop doing code-based Sandbox Solutions.

Yet, it is a little surprising they would make sure a hard cut off of 30 days though. If I can get some confirmation I’ll be sure to update the post.

What do I do if this affects my company?

Excellent question. First of all, if you have any Site Templates that utilize code-based Sandbox Solutions, re-create those Site Templates with your code-based Sandbox Solutions disabled. I would do this immediately - if not sooner. Once a solution has been deactivated there is no way to create a site with a Site Template dependent on that feature.

Secondly, if you have any code-based Sandbox Solutions, evaluate their functionality and determine what will stop working. Some of the functionality (visual web parts) can be recreated with scripting, while other functionality (event receivers) may cause you a lot more heartburn to replicate without a Sandbox Solution.

You can also reach out to us at Interlink and we could help point you in the right direction for what to do in your particular scenario. It is important you do SOMETHING though. Interlink can assess your current environment, help point out possible pain points, and guide you through the re-creation of code-based Sandbox Solutions into a supported format.

Should I panic?

Hopefully, no, but honestly, if code-based Sandbox Solutions are forcibly disabled in 30 days you should be concerned if there is any chance you have them in your environment.

[Update as of 8/3/2016: Microsoft released a script that lets you check for sandbox solutions]

Matt Scherocman

Secure Productive Enterprise – The Ultimate License Bundle– The New Enterprise Cloud Suite

Secure Productive Enterprise – The Ultimate License Bundle– The New Enterprise Cloud Suite

What is Secure Productive Enterprise? 

Companies want to continue to use the most advanced technology to enable their employees to achieve more, but all of these new and different products have resulted in a licensing headache. We hear constantly that attempting to navigate around Microsoft licensing can be challenging and frustrating. Microsoft created the Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) a few years ago in an attempt to simplify this process. It was a single licensing option that included E3, the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite and Windows Desktop upgrade. Building upon this initial base Microsoft is now continuing to simplify this process with the introduction of the Secure Productive Enterprise. This will be bringing together Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise upgrade, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite into a single licensing offering called the Secure Productive Enterprise. This will be replacing the Enterprise Cloud Suite and Microsoft will be introducing even more options by also offering an Office 365 E5 option in the bundle.   

Moving forward Microsoft will be standardizing packaging offers across Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite by offering two tiers of the Secure Productive Enterprise: E3 and E5. This is what it will look like:

Secure Productive Enterprise

Microsoft will continue to evolve the Windows E5 edition by adding more functionality. The first difference is the introduction of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for end point breach detection.

For more information, check out Microsoft's blog post Empower Your Employees with the Secure Productive Enterprise.


Interlink can help guide you through your options and help figure out what works for your users. We can help profile your users - remember that you don’t have to license everyone with the same license bundle in the cloud.  

Contact us for more information.

 
Sarah Bunt

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Everything You Need to Know About Office 365 E5

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Everything You Need to Know About Office 365 E5

On-Demand Webinar & Slides

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Microsoft’s new E5 bundle has a ton of functionality, but is it right for your business?

With several Office 365 plans to choose from, figuring out which Office 365 plan is right for your business can be confusing.

In this on-demand event, Microsoft and Microsoft Cloud Consumption Partner of the Year, Interlink Cloud Advisors will help you understand all of your options around Office 365 – including renewal. Through a series of demos and a Q&A session, Interlink will show you everything you need to know about the new Office 365 and how (and if) your business can benefit from it.

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What You'll Learn About:

  • Voice in the Cloud: Roadmap and Overview
  • Reduce Legal Expenses: Advanced eDiscovery
  • Enhanced Knowledge: Business Intelligence
  • Reduce Risk: Better control your cloud data
  • Improved Protection: Reduce Ransomware and malware
  • Data Security: Control access to your data
  • New E5 Licensing: Your options and new bundles

Live Demos Include: 

Skype Voice Console, Advanced eDiscovery, Delve Analytics, and Power BI!

 

Both existing Office 365 and new 365 clients will benefit from this recorded event.


Hosted By:

Matt Scherocman

Matt Scherocman
President, Interlink Cloud Advisors

Microsoft certified expert in cloud and licensing technologies. Matt uses his 20 years of experience to guide customers on their cloud journey.


Matt Scherocman

Microsoft Stream – The Future of Workplace Video

Microsoft Stream – The Future of Workplace Video

Video is one of the most powerful forms of media. It gives you the opportunity to convey meaningful messages, tell a story, and connect with others in ways that cannot be done otherwise. Video is a media outlet that is heavily engrained in our personal lives, and as it continues to grow, we should use it to make an impact in the workplace. This is the goal of the new Microsoft Stream business video service - to bring the power of video into the workplace and give organizations access to its many benefits.

With the preview launch of Microsoft Stream, we wanted to share some of the features that make it an easy, collaborative, and social experience for users:

  • Ease of upload and organization: With easy drag and drop capabilities you can quickly upload your videos and organize them how you see fit
  • Discover relevant content: With content discovery powered by machine learning you can find content through “trending” videos and searches by hashtag, most liked videos and other terms
  • Watch anywhere on any device: With Stream being optimized for mobile usage you can take this content on the go with you, whenever and wherever you are.
  • Secure video management: Backed by the powerful Azure Active Directory, manage who can view your content within your organization
  • Engage with content: Make video social with the ability to share via email, like your favorites, and more.

Those who are using Microsoft Office 365 may already be utilizing the existing Office 365 Video platform. As Stream builds upon the feedback and success of Office 365 Video, these two platforms will converge making Stream the de facto video experience within Office 365. While Stream is still being developed, there will be no changes made to the current Office 365 Video experience.

As Microsoft continues to build upon the Stream platform, they are looking to develop something that makes video an extraordinary experieince within the workplace. As the platform continues to evolve, it will include some of the following ideas:

  • Deliver corporate broadcast seamlessly: This will allow organizations a better way to communicate and connect through live video with Stream becoming the hub for both live and video on demand.
  • Intelligent video search: No longer do you have to skip around the video looking for content, with intelligent video search you can search within the video. Leveraging capabilities such as audio transcription and face detection, Stream allows for a deep searching making relevant content easier to find and faster.
  • Make video part of your business apps and workflows: Building on the Office 365 platform Stream is able to integrate with other apps such as Microsoft Flow, SharePoint, and many others.
  • IT management capabilities: Being able to manage the content your organization shares is a big deal so Stream allows for IT to manage permissions throughout Stream. From removing and monitoring content to granting access to channels, IT has the tools to ensure the best experience for its organization.
  • Microsoft Stream App Ecosystem: Instead of locking down the API Microsoft will be opening it up to allow partners to create custom applications and make them available in AppSource, Microsoft’s marketplace for business applications that was announced earlier this month. 

We're looking forward to the exciting new features coming to video with Microsoft Stream and hope you are too. For more information about Microsoft Stream and how to get started managing videos within your organization, please visit the Microsoft Stream webpage.

Contact Interlink for more information.

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